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 The Death of a Legend (2000)

Andrzej Zawada, originator of winter himalaism, during his last expedition (Nanga Parbat 1997/98)

Monika Rogozinska, Rzeczpospolita

Andrzej Zawada was the first climber to step above 8000 meters in winter. The Polish climbing legend reached 8000 meters plus on Lhotse in 1974 during the winter. Andrej was the first to reach the Summit of Kunyang Chhish in Pakistan, an extremely difficult peak to summit. But Andrej will be best remembered for being an expedition leader. He was the expedition leader that put the first two men on the Summit of Everest in Winter (Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.)

Andrzej Zawada gave climbing the idea of winter 8000 meter climbing when he led the first ever expedition which conquered Mount Everest in winter. He was a honorary member old British Alpine Club, Groupe de Haute Montagne and member of The Explorers Club. 

Andrzej Zawada was the expedition leader of the first ever expeditions to summit Cho Oyu and Lhotse in winter along with his long list of other achievements. He died this Autumn of cancer in Poland. In 1997 he led the Polish climb of Nanga Parbat in winter at the age of 69 !!!

For a partial list of achievements by Polish climbers successes in winter on 8000 meter climbs see here.

Winter Makalu Expedition 2000/2001: Krzysztof Wielicki takes on Makalu in the Winter ! Krzysztof will attempt to be the first climber to summit Makalu for a second time. Krzysztof, in style will attempt this climb in Winter !!!

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